Do you remember what the Internet was like in 2002? Let's looks at some statistics: 10 years ago, 9.1% of the world population used the Internet for an average of 46 minutes each day and there were 3 million websites to browse. Now there are 555 million sites, and a third of the world is browsing them for up to four hours a day.
When you think about how it has come to take over our lives, it's easy to forget that the Internet landscape as we know it today is quite a recent thing. This hilarious 1995 PSA hammers that point home, with some fifth graders from Montana predicting what the Internet will become by the time they're in college.
Nobody reads Terms of Service agreements. You know it, I know it, and the companies that come up with them know it. Even if the stupid ToS box makes you scroll down the whole way before clicking "Accept," who would be crazy enough to wade through all that crap? Answer: ToS;DR, and you'll be glad they did.
Long before lolcats, Internet memes, and even DVICE, the Web was a barren land of white space just waiting to be conquered by hyperlinks and spinning gifs. 21 years ago yesterday, the first website was published and it looked — and still looks like — this.
The Olympic organizers have made it pretty clear that they don't want you sucking up too much 3G bandwidth at the Olympic venues, but don't get the idea that you can sneak onto some stray Wi-Fi hotspot instead.
We knew Web had hit the big time when it was honored via classy interpretive dance during the opening of the Olympics. There were star-crossed lovers texting and dancing galore, but where were the actual numbers? No self-respecting ode to data can be made without, well, actual data.
Google Street View has given us the keys to the next best thing to being there. They've covered just about every global biggie, but if that's failing to float your boat anymore there's a new mod in town. There's a team who have figured out how render Google Street View in ASCII.
Mapping the Internet is no easy feat. Ruslan Enikeev took up the challenge and whipped up this interactive map that charts 350,000 websites with 2 million links from 196 different countries. It probably won't surprise you which website giants dominate the Internet.
Google Fiber, the company's 1 gigabyte-per-second network that's "100 times faster than today's average broadband," just finished rolling out in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Or, rather, Fiber finished rolling out in just the pair of Kansas cities. This is what your net on Google looks — or could look — like.
With all the photo uploading and sharing that we do today, we take it for granted that the Web once existed without photos. Unearthed for its 20th anniversary, here is the first photo ever published to the Web, in all of its cheesy glory.